I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to HGTV.
So recently I had the opportunity to tour the 2016 Dream Home in Merritt Island, Florida with a team from HGTV, including Dream Home designer Brian Patrick Flynn. Brian showed us around this amazing house, shared his design ideas and gave us insight to the trends we’ll be seeing in homes soon.
Part of our tour was the chance to drive from Orlando to the Merritt Island house in the 2017 GMC Acadia, which was recently re-thought and redesigned.
Redesigning the Acadia was a daunting task; the Acadia is a top seller and very popular among families and small business owners. Its capabilities for cargo, passengers and really nice finish details (leather seating, top technology, second row captains chairs and third row seating) give it that refined feel in a capable SUV.
Taking a page from the HGTV Dream Home design project, GMC’s designers thought about how they could set trends in SUV design. They came up with a lot of great changes that made this great car even better; you can see our full tour of the Acadia here.
Safety first: New features that look out for everyone in the Acadia
Probably the proudest new development is the Acadia’s rear door alert. If you open a rear door before you get into the driver’s seat, when you leave the car it will notify you with 5 audible beeps if you don’t open the rear door when you get out of the car. GMC’s designers and engineers hope that this will help parents and care givers to not forget a sleeping baby in the rear seat, which can have tragic consequences and happens too often. (You can turn this feature off if you aren’t worried about leaving your blue prints or fabric samples in the back seat).
Amazing details and innovations add up to a dreamy design
To update the Acadia, the GMC team sought to refine its exterior lines, making it less boxy and more elegant. The front and rear ends are sleeker and rounder and the entire SUV has a sportier feel. They also took the size down a bit so it’s slightly smaller, but still has tons of passenger room and cargo capacity. On the road the Acadia didn’t feel overly large; it was easy to maneuver in and out of traffic, the car’s sight lines were clear, making it easy to see, and it had plenty of pick up for merging onto the highway.
On the interior they added some nice details like real wood accents and leather and aluminum trim to give an elegant feeling. But what I loved most were the little things:
A household plug, two USB ports and a storage drawer on the back of the center console. This lets rear seat passengers easily plug in and charge devices and the drawer, which you can reach from the front seat, pulls completely out for washing. Brilliant!
An umbrella storage spot in the front door: this small cubby is the perfect place to store a wet umbrella; just fold it up and tuck it in.
A kick-triggered lift gate: Just kick your foot under the left corner bumper of the GMC Acadia with the key in your pocket or purse and the lift gate will open. The kick trigger will also close the gate if you’ve just pulled things out of the cargo space and your hands are full.
A height adjustment setting for the lift gate; you can set the height the lift gate opens to; this will keep your lift gate from getting scratched in a low garage or let height-challenged people close the gate by pulling it down or pushing the automatic close button.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: just plug in your phone and the Acadia’s touch screen becomes an extension of your phone.
HGTV’s Dream Home winner gets an Acadia too
Probably the coolest thing about the HGTV Dream Home is that they give it away. With 127 million entries, it’s a long shot, but lucky David Rennie of Shelton, Connecticut won the house. Along with the house he will get one of these lovely GMCs when he takes possession of the house. It looks nice parked in front but he’ll probably park it in the three-car garage.
Oh, yes, the Dream Home.
We got a look around and here is our video.
And I took a bunch of photos but since I was with a group of design and decorating influencers who take much better photos than I do, here are some of their Instagram posts:
A week ago today I was in the air heading to Florida to see this beauty. I blogged my tour of the HGTV dream home today: lizmarieblog.com – link in my profile. See what rooms were my favorite & what I thought of the house & the beautiful GMC Acadia I got to drive while I was there. What do you think of the tour on the blog?! #LMBlovesHouses #GMCAcadia #hgtvdreamhome
A photo posted by Amy Huntley (@theidearoom) on
This room! Be still my coastal heart. @bpatrickflynn I love everything you did in here. Sharing more of the @hgtvdreamhomes #ontheblog today. Direct link in profile. #coastal #nautical #florida #gmcacadia #hgtvdreamhome #hgtv
A photo posted by Danielle Driscoll (@ddsilverpennies) on
I was so inspired that when I got home, I did a little redecorating, too. I bought a new rug and raided the living room for one of my favorite chairs, putting it next to my bed. When I bought the rug I found myself wishing I had a GMC Acadia to drive it home in. If I had, I probably would have bought a few more design details, too!
Disclosure: I was GMC’s guest for the Dream Home tour and Acadia drive; GMC provided my transportation and accommodations. Opinions expressed here are all my own.